TIFF’s Summer Camps offer hands-on Film Camps aimed to provide teens the opportunity to explore the art of filmmaking in a fun, educational, safe, and inclusive environment. Campers will be encouraged to create innovative stories and immersive experiences that empower and educate. Summer Camps focus on teaching students to work together, learn frameworks, and develop the skills to produce their own films and recognize their own voice. Film has tremendous power to create change and inspire ideas that start with action. Please join us this summer at TIFF Bell Lightbox for a wide range of camps.

TIFF Summer Camps are supported by the Slaight Family Foundation.

Month-long Intensive

Youth Film Intensive

July 2 – July 26, 2019
Ages: 14-17
Price: Regular Rate: $1,150; Member Rate: $977.50

The TIFF Youth Film Intensive (YFI) is a four-week programme that offers youth the opportunity to grow creatively and professionally while exploring the art of storytelling through film. YFI attendees will develop and produce one short film under the supervision and guidance of film-industry professionals and TIFF Staff, while gaining skills in all aspects of filmmaking: screenwriting, directing, shooting, production design, editing, and performance. While the programme comprises smaller projects, the intensive will culminate in a premiere of the major short-film project for friends and family at TIFF Bell Lightbox on the final day of camp. No prior experience in film is required, but you must have a passion for filmmaking and a drive to create and develop your art in a collaborative environment!

Week-long Intensives

Screenwriting Intensive

July 8 – July 12, 2019
Ages: 14-17
Price: Regular Rate: $475; Member Rate: $403.75

This course is for participants who want to deep-dive into all things storytelling and screenwriting. Explore how to come up with ideas, build powerful stories, and work to better understand structure, form, and the creative and technical aspects of screenwriting. Exploring character development and intensifying conflict, participants will work towards the creation of a complete short-film script. Sessions will be led by industry screenwriters, who will share their expertise, offer feedback on your own projects, and support you in engaging with established cinematic work.

Editing Intensive

July 15 – July 19, 2019
Ages: 14-17
Price: Regular Rate: $475; Member Rate: $403.75

In this editing intensive, participants will craft compelling stories through editing and learn about the technical and creative aspects involved in cutting trailers and short-film projects. Topics will include managing data files, importing and exporting footage, editing sound and dialogue, developing story structure and form, and choosing the best takes. Beginning with a variety of analogue techniques, participants will then develop skills and gain hands-on experience working with Adobe Premiere Pro in sessions led by industry editors. No editing experience is required, although some knowledge of editing on any software will help your development in this workshop.

Acting on Camera Intensive

July 22 – July 26, 2019
Ages: 14-17
Price: Regular Rate: $475; Member Rate: $403.75

In this week-long intensive, participants will apply acting techniques on camera and grow their self-confidence as they enhance their understanding of this work. Activities will include cold reads, audition practice, scene work, character development, and taking and applying direction. No on-camera acting experience required. The focus of this intensive is acting on camera; however, participants will also have a chance to study acting techniques and work with directors.